Am I Eligible for DACA?

President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program through an executive order in 2012. The program aims to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation and allow them to enter the workforce and become productive members of society.

However, President Trump has brought a great deal of uncertainty to the program. At the Jacksonville, Florida-based Rebecca Black Immigration, PA, our attorneys stay up to date on every change in U.S. immigration law to ensure that you receive the best, most informed representation. If you believe you or your child may be eligible for deferred action, we can give you a candid, honest assessment of your chances for enrolling in DACA.

Determining Your Eligibility

Anyone who wishes to enroll in DACA must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have arrived in the U.S. before turning 16.
  • You must have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, and must have been physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and when enrolling in the program.
  • You must have been born on or after June 16, 1981.
  • You must have received a high school diploma or GED or been honorably discharged from the military or you must currently be in high school.
  • You must have a criminal record free of felony convictions, serious misdemeanor convictions or three or more minor misdemeanor convictions and not be a national security risk.

Successful enrollees will then be eligible for a work permit and receive two years of deferred action from deportation and removal, which they can renew.

DACA Eligibility Guarantees Nothing

You should understand that any deferred action, including DACA, is not a right, and successful enrollment in the program does not guarantee legal status. The government can revoke this status at any time.

Additionally, the Trump administration may decide to do away with DACA at any time, exposing hundreds of thousands of enrollees to deportation.

Get Help Understanding Your Rights and Options

We have experienced lawyers who can help you determine eligibility and walk you through the application process. To learn more, send us an email or call 904-999-4928 to schedule an appointment during the week. You can also come to our Beach Boulevard Flea Market office from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, when we offer free walk-in consultations.